Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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13th Mar 2006, 07:18   | tags:,,,

alfie says:

wow, shiny and curvy - gorgeous building.

13th Mar 2006, 10:37

bronxelf says:

This building is very controversial. It's brand new-- it only opened a few months ago. People either love it or hate it. It's significantly taller than anything else in the neighborhood by far, and it's filled with expensive apartments. The neighborhood isn't thrilled, especially as it's in a very prominent spot, geographically. The architects who designed it are very famous. It comes with a huge architectural cache. But people can't seem to decide if they really like it or it spells some kind of death knell for the East Village.

13th Mar 2006, 17:47

wombat527 says:

I thought One Astor was the one on the corner with Broadway...

13th Mar 2006, 21:14

bronxelf says:

Far as I know, that's 1 Astor. I'll check it again next time I'm down there.

13th Mar 2006, 21:16

bronxelf says:

I can find out, if you want...

14th Mar 2006, 04:27

bronxelf says:

I don't knw. But if they don't they must have a hell of a ventilation system in that building to get around light/air calculations as per the NYC building code.

14th Mar 2006, 12:45

if you look each window has a small section at the top of them and that section opens out, look on the right hand side of the picture a bit above where it goes out of frame

14th Mar 2006, 12:50

bronxelf says:

So they put in hopper windows? Okay... I guess that solves their light and air problem but how do you control the things?

14th Mar 2006, 12:54

god knows but they 'do' open allbeit slightly

14th Mar 2006, 13:01

Euphro says:

Controversy aside, it has a nice mix of curvy and rectilinear :)

14th Mar 2006, 15:41

bronxelf says:

Well you (et al) are always welcome to come visit.

15th Mar 2006, 00:51

mat says:

My nads are remainging resolutely un-pumped by that building*. I can kind of appreciate it as a piece of design, but I don't like it. But it's boring. I hate boring buildings in these days of engineering wonder.

If you're going to spend Gods own purse (and let's face, that's what this cost) to erect something gigantic, we should make it something that people stop in the street and shout "What the fuck is that wonderous thing, and how is it even standing?"

Is the middle section curved on the back? (and are the curvy sections square on their backs?) that might make a difference...

I'm totally prepared to admit that this creation might well be nicer in the flesh. Much as I'd like to, I'm afraid I can't come to America right now, my passport isn't good enough (not to mention they still charge for flights, last I checked). :(


* I'm just wondering, after typing that, whether this particular phrase will travel well.... :)

15th Mar 2006, 01:03

bronxelf says:

I'm one of those rare folks who really has no strong opinion about this building on either side. I can see both sides of the argument, and I'm not so much a fan of Gwathmey-Siegel that the architectural cache turns my crank.

What I keep wanting to know is how the hell you put furniture in it. Seriously. I really want to know how the *interior* space is resolved because either there's some genius idea here or it's going to suck some serious moose cock.

When taken in context of what's around it, it may not look like an engineering wonder but it sure as shit is eye catching. The buildings that surround it are (give or take) about 100 years older. It is *BY FAR* the tallest building in the neighborhood.

The middle curved section there on the short side of the building? (the one with the open window?) Is the front, btw. Not that you can tell unless you're standing there.

15th Mar 2006, 03:33